Giuseppe Rossi's Barcelona transfer has gone up in smoke - agent

The Italy forward is now "looking at different opportunities" over his future after seeing a move to Camp Nou fizzle out, his representative has explained
Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi will not join Barcelona as negotiations with the Spanish side have "gone up in smoke", his agent Federico Pastorello has said.

The 24-year-old striker has long been linked with the Catalan club, but it seems the imminent arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Udinese has put less emphasis on his transfer to Camp Nou.

Pastorello recently claimed neither side could reach an agreement over a transfer fee after Pep Guardiola's men were said to have offered less than €30 million.

Juventus and Atletico Madrid have been linked with the Italy international, but for now there will be no deal with the European champions, according to Pastorello at least.

"Rossi to Barcelona? The deal has definitively gone up in smoke,"the agent told Sky Sport Italia.

"For Rossi we are now looking at different opportunities, but we cannot exclude a stay at Villarreal.

"How much is he worth? It's hard to tell, but he is a top-player.

"In any case we are not despairing, when big teams move on the market it usually has a domino effect and so something could happen."

Giuseppe Marotta, the Juventus general director, recently suggested Rossi could fit into Antonio Conte's planned 4-2-4 system, which places high value on attacking football.

And the player's agent will not exclude a return to Serie A.

"Italy? Everything is possible, but for now we have to wait," he concluded.

The New Jersey-born forward has a deal with Villarreal until 2016.

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